Manchester United were the Premier League’s joint second-most represented team at Euro 2016 this summer, with no less than 11 individuals representing their country at the highly anticipated tournament. With familiar faces playing for England, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Italy, supporters of the Red Devils were given a number of reasons to keep track of goings-on in France.
Wayne Rooney impressed in the centre of the park for England, at least up until the Three Lions’ clash with Iceland, during which he appeared extremely fatigued. His compatriot, Chris Smalling, also did well up until the first knock-out round clash. The duo both featured in all of their side’s game, although Rooney appeared from the bench in the final Group B clash against Slovakia.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford’s cameos against Wales and Iceland proved to be real highlights. The 18-year-old looked bright and confident as he made substitute appearances in the two aforementioned fixtures. Against the latter, he completed more take ons (3) in eight minutes, than any of his teammates had managed throughout the entirety of the match.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial reached the final with France, albeit as spectators for the majority of the competition. The former failed to make a single appearance, while the latter was afforded jus three run outs – against Romania, Albania and in the final versus Portugal. Nonetheless, he was unable to have any real impact in the final third, managing just one attempt at goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a similarly miserable campaign, as his Sweden side crashed out of the group stages, having earned just a single point. The new Manchester United recruit failed to score a single goal in France, although he did force the equaliser in his nation’s opening tie against the Republic of Ireland, when his cross was bundled into the back of the net Ciaran Clark.
Bastian Schweinsteiger enjoyed a mixed tournament with Germany. Having scored in his side’s opening game of the tournament, versus Poland, he went onto feature in five of six games. Nonetheless, in a pivotal semi-final clash against the French he came undone, giving away a first-half penalty and proving at fault for the opponent’s second goal of the evening.
For Belgium, Marouane Fellaini endured a quiet European Championships. The 28-year-old appeared on three occasions, creating eight chances for his teammates. However, in the knock-out rounds he found himself dropped by coach Marc Wilmots. Similarly, Paddy McNair failed to do anything out of the ordinary during Northern Ireland’s time in France. He played twice in the group stage, before his country were eliminated by Wales.
Matteo Darmian found his game time restricted for Italy. Despite being a known favourite of manager Antonio Conte, he was pipped to the post by AC Milan’s Mattia De Sciglio. Nonetheless, he made four appearances as the Italians progressed to the quarter-final stage of the competition, before falling to defeat against the Germans.
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